Thane Maudslien and diver Brian Donohue turned in record-shattering performances, leading the Lancers to the team title in the Seamount championships.
RENTON — After losing twice to Hazen in regular-season dual meets, the Kennedy Catholic boys swim team turned the tide. The Lancers’ top-end talent, as expected, rose to the top.
But it was herculean diving effort from senior Brian Donohue that made a difference for Kennedy in the Seamount League championships at Hazen Pool.
Donohue was a runaway diving winner with a school-record 454.75 points on Friday, and teammate Thane Maudslien shattered the meet record in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday as the Lancers won the team title.
“I’ve been working hard on this list (of dives),” said Donohue, who bettered his previous high by almost 40 points and hopes to dive for Harvard. “I’ve added some degree of difficulty and I’ve also been working on technique.
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“I’m hoping I can win state this year. I’m very happy. Anything for the team, I’m glad to do it.”
Donohue, who was second at state in Class 3A last season behind Shorewood senior Eddie Young, outdistanced Lindbergh diver Tanner Zornes (296).
Kennedy Catholic won the team race with 413 points, followed by Hazen (381) and 2A Lindbergh (228).
“In the championship format like today, these points are doubled, so their big points are bigger and the separation is more,” said Hazen coach Rick Wertman. “We swam really well (Friday), but two-thirds of those kids don’t get a chance for a second swim.”
Hazen topped Kennedy in a pair of dual meets at Hazen Pool this season, 95-90 on Dec. 6 and 96-89 on Jan. 17. Kennedy was without some of its top swimmers in those meets.
“I have a go-to excuse for that opener,” said Kennedy coach Sean Prothero. “Tommy Thach was at junior nationals for the first one. The second one, Tommy and Thane (Maudslien) both were swimming in the Washington Open for the club team, so we had to work with a restructured lineup that wasn’t our best.
“Rick puts together a really good dual-meet lineup. He’s a really good deep team and we are kind of the top-end, but don’t have a lot of depth.”
Maudslien, a University of Arizona verbal commitment, delivered four wins for the Lancers on Saturday. He destroyed the Seamount meet record in the 100 backstroke with a 51.26, winning by almost seven seconds. He bettered by more than three seconds the old meet mark of 54.45 by Mount Rainier’s Scott Rice in 2005.
Maudslien won the 100 fly in 53.10, easily beating Hazen freshman Derek Wei (56.44) to the wall.
Maudslien, a senior, can become the first boys swimmer in state history to win the 100 butterfly four years in a row at state, and has a chance to become a seven-time state champion.
“I wouldn’t bet against him,” Wertman said.
“I think Kennedy will be a top-four team at state, and will they be a top-two team? Maybe,” Wertman said. “You can’t deny what they’ve got in their diving and their two superstars (Maudslien and Thach). The key will be, how well will their relays do?”
Maudslien also led off the winning JFK 200 medley relay, teaming with Tharm Shribhibhadh, Nick Dorsett and Thach. In a mild surprise, Kennedy beat Hazen in the 200 freestyle relay. Maudslien anchored that group, too.
“We don’t rest for this meet, so we’re still going pretty hard,” Prothero said. “In the next couple weeks, we’ll start resting. We’re getting great swims out of guys now. As we start resting them, they are going to be rested and ready to race.
“I’m hoping for better times at district and even better times at state. I think Thane still has a little more to give.”
• Hazen senior P.J. Warmenhoven swept the sprints, taking the 50 free in 22.98 seconds and the 100 free in 50.56.
• Thach, Kennedy’s sophomore standout, won a distance double, capturing the 200 free in 1:46.67 and the 500 free in 4:47.49.
• Seamount schools Hazen, Kennedy Catholic and Highline move on to the West Central 3A District meet Friday and Saturday at Hazen Pool. They join SPSL 3A and Narrows League teams in competing for berths in the state meet Feb. 15-16 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Lindbergh competes at state in 2A on the same weekend.